Sometimes the hardest thing about research is getting started. What can you research? Where can you find an idea for a topic? Is your research focus too large? The videos and tutorials below give great insight into the research process, including developing a research focus, choosing a topic, and how to narrow a topic.
The Importance of Background Information
Finding background information before writing your lab report is important, especially if you are unfamiliar with the subject area. Background information will give you a stronger foundation and understanding that will help you complete your writing assignments. Reference sources provide background information, which often includes:
LSU Libraries has reference sources, such as online encyclopedias, covering many topics in the sciences. Because reference sources provide an overview of the topic, you will feel better prepared to discuss and to write about the topic and the general issues surrounding it after reading them.
The link below will take you to an online research guide about how to use mind mapping to explore and expand your topic. Mind mapping can help you figure out what you already know about a topic and what else you'd like to know. It can also help with figuring out the direction you want to go with your topic and even what your research question might be!